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Cullowhee, N.C. - Catamount football fans can follow all of the excitement of 2019 National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 6, by visiting CatamountSports.com, the official website of Western Carolina athletics. As the National Letters of Intent (NLI) are signed and approved, updated player information and student-athlete bios will be made available online.

WCU's Signing Day Central will be updated to include roster and bio information on each prospect once they officially become Catamounts. Western Carolina and the Catamount Club will hold its annual WCU Football Signing Day Reception on Saturday, Feb. 16 in conjunction with the Catamount men's basketball game vs. The Citadel. The event, which begins at 11:00 am with the social ahead of the 12:15 pm program, is open to Catamount Club members at the Top Cat Level and above for free. Join the Catamount Club today!

National Signing Day Roster:
CatamountSports.com will be the home for Western Carolina's coverage of National Signing Day 2019 on Wednesday, Feb. 6. The site will unveil the names of each signee as soon as the National Letter of Intent (NLI) is received, reviewed, and approved by WCU's compliance official with a complete wrap-up once the last NLI is returned to Cullowhee.

Full Player Bios:
CatamountSports.com will also include full player bios of each signee with a summation of the 2019 incoming class once each NLI is received.

Twitter Coverage:
Follow @Catamounts on Twitter for real-time updates throughout the day. Use the #CatamountNSD to join in on the conversation.


Last Updated: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 6:22 pm - FINAL LIST 

 

2019 Catamount Football Incoming Class:

Updated Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (Previous School)
Dec. 19 Jacob Combs OL 6-4 280 lbs. North Wilkesboro, N.C. (North Wilkes HS)
Dec. 19 Jalin Virgo DB 6-2 185 lbs. High Point, N.C. (Southwest Guilford HS)
Dec. 19 Malik Richardson QB 6-4 200 lbs. Sumter, S.C. (Lakewood HS)
Dec. 20 Isaiah Helms OL 6-3 315 lbs. Lenoir, N.C. (West Caldwell HS)
Jan. 14 Jayden Pauling (So.) LB 6-3 225 lbs. Raleigh, N.C. (Louisburg College / Millbrook HS)
7:02 am Jaylon McMillon DB 6-0 175 lbs. Clemmons, N.C. (West Forsyth HS)
7:11 am Neil Ilenrey DB 6-0 205 lbs. Alpharetta, Ga. (Johns Creek HS)
7:34 am Darrius Bell DL 6-2 220 lbs. Gilbert, S.C. (Gilbert HS)
8:00 am Kendall Alford WR 5-10 175 lbs. Marietta, Ga. (Walton HS)
9:00 am Chester Geffrard LB 6-4 225 lbs. Ocoee, Fla. (Ocoee HS)
9:10 am Syheam McQueen RB 6-0 185 lbs. Laurinburg, N.C. (Scotland County HS)
9:15 am Jaheim Mullen Ath. 6-0 185 lbs. Gastonia, N.C. (Hunter Huss HS)
10:54 am Zach Hayes OL 6-3 300 lbs. Jonesboro, Ga. (Jonesboro HS)
10:54 am Dejon DeCruz LB 6-1 230 lbs. Durham, N.C. (Riverside HS)
10:54 am Dillon Luther OL 6-3 300 lbs. Asheville, N.C. (Erwin HS)
11:30 am Jabril Muhammad DB 5-11 170 lbs. St. Petersburg, Fla. (Clearwater Academy International)
2:00 pm Jaylin Young WR 6-0 165 lbs. Miami, Fla. (Miami Central HS)
2:11 pm Kasimir Absolu WR 5-10 160 lbs. Jacksonville, Fla. (Mandarin HS)
5:15 pm Roman Johnson DL 6-3 245 lbs. Greensboro, N.C. (Southern Guilford HS)
6:18 pm Christian Harris DL 6-3 245 lbs. Raleigh, N.C. (Baylor School (Chattanooga, Tenn.))
Feb. 6 Micah Nelson* DB 6-3 195 lbs. Murphy, N.C. (Murphy HS)
Feb. 6 Blake Whitmore* OL 6-2 285 lbs. Raleigh, N.C. (Millbrook HS)
Feb. 6 Kevin Thompson* LS 5-10 210 lbs. Rock Hill, S.C. (Northwestern HS)
  • * - denotes committed as a preferred walk-on

Jacob Combs

OL - 6-4 - 280 lbs.

North Wilkesboro, N.C. (North Wilkes HS)

Prior to Western Carolina: Two-time All-Mountain Valley Conference selection playing both offensive and defensive line … Earned Winston-Salem Journal All-Northwest team accolades twice over his final two seasons as a prep.

Personal: Full name is Jacob Lee Combs … Is the son of Vicki Phillips and Ricky Combs

Note: High school coach was Monty Chipman.


Jalin Virgo

DB - 6-2 - 185 lbs.

High Point, N.C. (Southwest Guilford HS)

Prior to Western Carolina: Three-year varsity letter winner … Credited with 150 career tackles including 89 solo stops and 22 tackles for loss with eight sacks … Two-time All-Piedmont Triad 3-A Conference selection as a sophomore and senior … A two-way player as a prep playing wide receiver, linebacker, and defensive back … Tallied 19 receptions for 314 yards and six touchdowns as a junior and senior … Four-sport athlete, playing baseball, basketball, and wrestled in addition to playing football.

Personal: Is the son of Lavonda and James Brown III … Has two siblings, Skyy Little and Chayce Brown.

Note: High school coach was Eric Rainey.


Malik Richardson

QB - 6-4 - 200 lbs.

Sumter, S.C. (Lakewood HS)

Prior to Western Carolina: Two-year varsity starter as a pro-style quarterback … As a senior, completed 69-of-137 passes for 938 yards and five touchdowns against five interceptions … Rushed 177 times for 964 yards and eight TDs … Nominated to compete in the Touchstone Energy North-South All-Star Game … Chosen to play in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl in Dallas, Texas in January 2019 … As a junior, completed 85-of-165 passes for 907 yards and seven scores while also rushing for 769 yards on 132 carries … Is a two-star recruit according to both 247Sports.com and Rivals.com … Also runs track as a prep where he qualified for the state championship.

Personal: Full name is Malik Michel Richardson … Is the son of Geraldine Richardson and Malcolm Chatman.

Note: Originally committed to East Carolina … High school head coach was Larry Cornelius.


Isaiah Helms

OL - 6-3 - 315 lbs.

Lenoir, N.C. (West Caldwell HS)

Prior to Western Carolina: Two-way lineman who played offensive center and defensive tackle … Four-time All-District honoree and a three-time All-Northwestern 3A/4A Conference selection … Selected to play in the 82nd Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas all-star football game as a senior … As a junior recorded 25 total tackles and recovered a pair of fumbles playing along the defensive line … Also participated in baseball and field events in track & field as a prep.

Personal: Is the son of Jessica Helms.

Note: High school coach was DeVore Holman


Jayden Pauling

LB - 6-3 - 225 lbs. - So.

Raleigh, N.C. (Louisburg College / Millbrook HS)

Prior to Western Carolina: Transferred to WCU prior to the spring, 2019 semester after spending the fall semester at Louisburg College … Earned All-Cap 8 Conference honors as a senior as a defensive lineman, playing at end … Was listed as a Top 100 recruit in the state of North Carolina coming out of high school … Was a two-star recruit by 247Sports.

Note: High school coach was Clarence Inscore.


Jaylon McMillon

DB - 6-0 - 175 lbs.

Clemmons, N.C. (West Forsyth HS)

Prior to Western Carolina: Played cornerback and wide receiver … Two-time all-conference selection … Missed four games of his senior season … Recorded four interceptions and 15 pass break-ups as a junior … Listed as a two-star recruit by both 247Sports and Rivals.com … Was listed as the 89th top prospect in the state of North Carolina by Scout.com … Also played basketball as a prep.

Note: High school coach was Adrian Snow … Originally verbally committed to Marshall.


Neil Ilenrey

DB - 6-0 - 205 lbs.

Alpharetta, Ga. (Johns Creek HS)

Prior to Western Carolina: Over his final two seasons as a prep, tallied 116 tackles including 36 solo stops and 10 tackles for loss with five sacks and an interception … Invited to play in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA) Football All-Star game as a senior … Listed as a three-star recruit from both 247Sports.com and Rivals.com … Also played basketball at Johns Creek, finishing as the program’s all-time leading scorer with over 1,000 career points.

Personal: Is the son of Franca Ogbemudia and Charles Ilenrey … Has eight siblings including seven sisters and a brother.

Note: High school coach was Matt Helmerich.


Darrius Bell

DL - 6-2 - 220 lbs.

Gilbert, S.C. (Gilbert HS)

Prior to Western Carolina: Multi-sport athlete, three-year varsity letter-winner … Three-time all-region and all-county selection and a two-time all-state honoree … Finished his career with 329 career tackles including 134 career solo stops and 25 sacks … Tallied 44 career tackles for loss, both forcing and recovering eight career fumbles and scoring two defensive touchdowns … Recorded 96 tackles including 34 solo stops as a senior, collecting AAA Lower State Lineman of the Year honors … Was listed among the top 50 ranked prospect in the state of South Carolina by 247Sports entering his senior year after posting 113 tackles and nine sacks as a junior … Listed as a two-star recruit from both 247Sports.com and Rivals.com … Also participates in track & field as a prep.

Personal: Full name is Darrius Travon Bell … Is the son of Jessica Bell … Has a younger brother, Kelvin … His uncle, Johnell, played college football at North Greenville Univ.

Note: High school coach was Chad Leaphart.


Kendall Alford

WR - 5-10 - 175 lbs.

Marietta, Ga. (Walton HS)

Prior to Western Carolina: Three-year varsity letter winner … Earned first team all-county and first team all-region honors as a senior … Was also dubbed first team All-AAAAAAA by Recruit Georgia and a received a second team nod from the Georgia Sports Writers Association … Recorded 114 career receptions for 1,923 yards and 16 touchdowns in his prep career including a single-season high of 59 catches for 1,071 yards and 11 TDs as a senior as a part of amassing 1,285 all-purpose yards … Caught 35 passes for 599 yards and four scores as a junior … Added three career rushing scores and completed 3-of-4 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown.

Personal: Full name is Kendall Rishun Alford … Is the son of Sandra and Travis Alford … Has two younger siblings, Jackson and Olivia … His father played football at Auburn.

Note: High school coach was Daniel Brunner.


Chester Geffrard

LB - 6-4 - 225 lbs.

Ocoee, Fla. (Ocoee HS)

Prior to Western Carolina: Recorded 85 tackles as a senior including 20 tackles for loss with 17 sacks, forcing four fumbles … Recorded a defensive touchdown … Played for the West All-Stars in the Central Florida All-Star game.

Personal: Full name is Chester Delvans Geffrard … Is the son of Suzette Teneus and Delicier Geffrard … Was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Note: High school coach was Aaron Sheppard.


Syheam McQueen

RB - 6-0 - 185 lbs.

Laurinburg, N.C. (Scotland County HS)

Prior to Western Carolina: Played running back and linebacker as a prep … Missed part of his senior season with a knee injury … Returned to help Scotland High to a state 4-A runner-up finish, rushing for over 1,300 yards and 14 touchdowns including a 229-yard, three TD performance in the second round and scoring two rushing TDs in the championship game … Selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas … Listed as a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com and a two-star recruit by Rivals.com … Was listed as the 84th top prospect in the state of North Carolina by Scout.com.

Note: High school coach was Richard Bailey.


Jaheim Mullen

Ath. - 6-0 - 185 lbs.

Gastonia, N.C. (Hunter Huss HS)

Prior to Western Carolina: Four-year varsity letter winner including three seasons at Newton-Conover HS, finishing his career at Hunter Huss HS … Named 2018 All-Gazette All-Purpose Player of the Year as a senior, catching 32 passes for 704 yards and 10 touchdowns on offense with 73 tackles and 10 interceptions on defense, returning one for a TD … Added three kickoff returns for scores as a senior … Three-time all-conference selection and was a two-time conference defensive player of the year as a sophomore and junior … Finished his career with 2,338 receiving yards on 143 catches including 28 for TDs, while adding 264 career tackles and 392 return yards … Four-sport athlete as a prep including football, basketball, wrestling, and track & field.

Personal: Full name is Jaheim Kwali Mullen … Is the son of Richard Mullen.

Note: High school coach was James McKoy.


Zach Hayes

OL - 6-3 - 300 lbs.

Jonesboro, Ga. (Jonesboro HS)

Prior to Western Carolina: Three-year varsity letter winner … Two-time all-county selection and was also selected all-region and all-state … Did not allow a sack from his left tackle position over his final two varsity seasons … Listed as a three-star recruit by 247Sports and a two-star recruit by Rivals.com … Three-sport athlete, competing in baseball and throwing the shot put in track & field.

Personal: Full name is Zachary Hayes … Is the son of Dawn Carter and Nathan Hayes … Has one sibling, Carter … His father played collegiate football at North Carolina.

Note: High school coach was Daniel Brunner.


Dejon DeCruz

LB - 6-1 - 230 lbs.

Durham, N.C. (Riverside HS)

Prior to Western Carolina: Four-year varsity letter winner, two-time All-Triangle 6 Conference selection on defense collecting Tri-6 Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior … Finished his career with 337 career tackles including 70 solo stops and 13.5 sacks … Recorded four career interceptions, two coming as a senior.

Personal: Full name is Dejon Nazir DeCruz … Is the son of Neira DeCruz and Chris Johnson … Has a younger sister, Crystal Johnson … Was born in Birmingham, Ala.

Note: High school coach was Cory Lea.


Dillon Luther

OL - 6-3 - 300 lbs.

Asheville, N.C. (Erwin HS)

Prior to Western Carolina: Three-year varsity letter winner along both the offense and defensive line … Was a two-time all-conference selection as a junior and senior … Also played baseball as a prep.

Personal: Full name is Dillon Alan Luther … Is the son of Karen and Ryan Luther … Has two younger siblings, Kaylee and Cody.

Note: High school coach was Rodney Pruett.


Jabril Muhammad

DB - 5-11 - 165 lbs.

St. Petersburg, Fla. (Clearwater Academy International)

Prior to Western Carolina: Played wide receiver and cornerback as a prep, as well as a kick returner spending two seasons at Clearwater Academy which has only played 11-man football three seasons … As a senior, recorded 37 solo tackles with four interceptions, returning one for a touchdown … Was selected to the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl as a defensive back … Received the Randy Louis Pathfinder Award and the Juneteenth Leadership Award.

Personal: Full name is Jabril Khalif Muhammad … Is the son of Nayyirah and David Muhammad.

Note: High school coach was Jesse Chinchar.


Jaylin Young

WR - 6-0 - 165 lbs.

Miami, Fla. (Miami Central HS)

Prior to Western Carolina: Two-year varsity letter winner at wide receiver, transferring from Hallandale Magnet HS to Miami Central High … Caught 31 passes for 476 yards and five touchdowns as a senior finishing with 34 points scored … Played 7v7 with the South Florida Express, hauling in 10 TD passes in winning the adidas 7-on-7 National Championship … Also ran track as a prep.

Note: High school coach was Roland Smith.


Kasimir Absolu

WR - 5-10 - 160 lbs.

Jacksonville, Fla. (Mandarin HS)

Prior to Western Carolina: Played three years on the varsity team where he was a wide receiver and defensive back as a prep … Was a part of winning the first 8-A state title in program history at Mandarin High as a senior, intercepting a pass in the championship game … Recorded 50 tackles over his final two seasons with eight interceptions – seven as a senior – while credited with eight pass break-ups … On offense, finished with 1,236 career all-purpose yards including 785 receiving with eight TDs … Also ran track as a prep.

Note: High school coach was Bobby Ramsay.


Roman Johnson

DL - 6-3 - 245 lbs.

Greensboro, N.C. (Southern Guilford HS)

Prior to Western Carolina: Three-year varsity letter winner, two-time Mid-Piedmont 3-A Conference Defensive Player of the Year … Described as an explosive pass-rusher and playmaker … Selected as the All-USA Today North Carolina All-State High School football team and first-team HSXtra.com All-Area in 2017 … Credited with 185 total tackles including 144 solo stops and 38 tackles for loss and 22 sacks to finish ranked nationally in the top 10 according to MaxPreps … Blocked four punts, recovered three fumbles and scored seven touchdowns as a fullback on offense … Also played basketball and participated in track & field as a prep.

Personal: Is the son of Lucinda and Roman Johnson … Has three older siblings, Roland, Ronnell, and Roize.

Note: High school coach was Jason Bradley.


Christian Harris

DL - 6-3 - 245 lbs.

Raleigh, N.C. (Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.) School)

Prior to Western Carolina: Four-year letter winner including one season at Ravenscroft HS and three at the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn. … Two-time All-Region and twice named All-City as a junior and senior … Named Dynamite Dozen as a senior … Listed as a three-star recruit by 247Sports and a two-star recruit by Rivals.com … Was invited to the All-American Army Bowl, Hawaiian Bowl, and Top Elite All-American Bowl … Was a three-sport standout as a prep, playing football, basketball, and track & field.

Personal: Full name is Christian Xavier Harris … Is the son of Lisa Harris … Has a younger brother, Caleb.

Note: High school coach was Phil Massey.


Micah Nelson

DB - 6-3 - 195 lbs.

Murphy, N.C. (Murphy HS)

Prior to Western Carolina: Joins the Catamount football team as a preferred walk-on after a stellar prep career at Murphy High … Was a two-time state champion (2016 & 2018) and three-time Smoky Mountain Conference champion as a prep … Twice named all-conference and All-Western North Carolina … Played wide receiver, defensive back, and quarterback as a senior during his prep career … Credited with 128 career tackles including seven tackles for loss while totaling 17 pass break-ups and 10 career interceptions …  Finished with 57 career receptions for 907 yards, while also passing for 1,130 yards and rushing for 261 – recording 28 career total touchdowns.

Personal: Full name is Micah Thomas Nelson … Is the son of Becky and Thomas Nelson … Was born in Bristol, Va. … Has two younger siblings, Grace and Tyra … Father, Thomas, was an All-American football player at Emory & Henry College (1998) and a 2011 inductee into the Emory & Henry College Sports Hall of Fame.

Note: High school coach was David Gentry.


Blake Whitmore

OL - 6-2 - 285 lbs.

Raleigh, N.C. (Millbrook HS)

Prior to Western Carolina: Joins the Catamount football team as a preferred walk-on … Played center, guard, and long-snapper as a prep … Was named All-Cap-7 Conference along the offensive line as a senior.

Note: High school coach was Clarence Inscore.


Kevin Thompson

LS - 5-10 - 210 lbs.

Rock Hill, S.C. (Northwestern HS)

Prior to Western Carolina: Joins the Catamount football team as a preferred walk-on … Three-year varsity letter winner … Attended the Rubio Long Snapping Camp Summer Tour in 2018 … Two-sport athlete as a prep, playing football and baseball.

Note: High school coach was James Martin.

 

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